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How To Potty Train Your Chicken

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I have a technique to potty train your chicken. I did this method and it took me about 2-3 days to train my chicken. Please be patient, the chicken will make mistakes. So yeah, here it goes... This method is to keep a chicken if its sick, too hot, too cold, stroming (etc.) Its not too keep it like a dog (it can be used to do that though). I made this method because it was too hot for my chicken (I only have one right now) to be in the coop OR stay outside one day. It loves to cuddle so I bring it in once in a while for an hour or so to cuddle, whenever it has to go poop it goes up to the newspapers and does it. Then I throw away the newspaper and Febreze the place.

Here are the things you will need 1. Newspaper 2. Animal Training Clicker 3. TREATS! big_smile

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Learn the signs your chicken makes just before relieving itself. Chickens generally will signal with body language, such as tail-twitching.

2
Spread old newspapers in a corner of your home where the chicken can go to the bathroom.

3
Sit with your chicken perched on your hand or arm near the newspapers and relax while watching for its signal.

4
Hold the chicken over the newspapers when you see the signal. When the chicken goes to the bathroom use the clicker and give it a treat. It is very important to click and give the chicken the treat immediately so that it will form an association between going on the paper, hearing the sound and getting a reward.

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Repeat this process many times. Eventually you will be able to take the chicken to the paper and signal it to relieve itself with the clicker


If this isn't working out for you, here are some Tip/Warnings...


1.You also can use this process to train a chicken to use a litter box..
2.Before house training your chicken, it needs to be hand-trained. This means that it can perch comfortably on your hand with no assistance..
3.Don't praise the chicken verbally---this will only confuse it. Stay quiet as you train your chicken and use treats as a reward..
4.House train your chicken as young as possible..
5.As with any animal, your chicken will have accidents. Have patience and clean up messes immediately..
6.Take your chicken to the veterinarian to keep it free of diseases and parasites..
7.Check local zoning laws before you buy a chicken..
8.Don't keep your chicken inside the whole time even though it is potty trained. They need alot of sunlight wink

Hopefully this method will work for you and if you have any questions please PM me! cool   I also posted this on E-How so you can also go there to read this method!

Thanks Everyone! big_smile


Edited by Amitist - 8/29/10 at 8:36pm
post #2 of 52

I've used this method to housebreak parrots before (I prefer to keep them out of cages as much as possible), but I never thought it would work on a chicken. Interesting.

Currently chicken-less, hoping to get a fresh start soon.
My wish-list: Old English Game Bantams, American Game, D'uccles, Japanese Bantams, Bantam Cornish, Large Fowl Cornish, Lakenvelders, Welsummers, Kraienkoppen, Andalusians, Speckled Sussex, Cubalaya, Sumatra, Easter Egger (large and bantam), Orpingtons, Iowa Blue, Marans...I think I'm going to need a lot of pens!
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Currently chicken-less, hoping to get a fresh start soon.
My wish-list: Old English Game Bantams, American Game, D'uccles, Japanese Bantams, Bantam Cornish, Large Fowl Cornish, Lakenvelders, Welsummers, Kraienkoppen, Andalusians, Speckled Sussex, Cubalaya, Sumatra, Easter Egger (large and bantam), Orpingtons, Iowa Blue, Marans...I think I'm going to need a lot of pens!
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post #3 of 52
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Originally Posted by Ariel301 

I've used this method to housebreak parrots before (I prefer to keep them out of cages as much as possible), but I never thought it would work on a chicken. Interesting.


I wasn't aware any bird could be housebroken. Live and learn...

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"I move the stars for no one" -Jereth, the Goblin King

many young Seramas, more in the incubator, newly laying coturnix in several hues, and soon to come--silkies!!!
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post #4 of 52

I'm still having trouble potty training my son and he is 23


Edited by jeb251 - 8/29/10 at 6:28pm
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if the women dont find you handsome they should at least find you handy
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post #5 of 52

FYI: clicker training was originally invented for chickens.
Since has been adapted to dogs, cats, horses ect ect...

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Owned by, One QH Gray mare ,1 mini stallion (both 27 yrs young), 5 cats, 2dogs, 8 assort. standard laying hens and many more assorted fuzzy buddies... Silkies!  NPIP and Avian flu tested
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This thread amazes me barnie Why in the world would you want a chicken in the house as a pet !!!. Is it in Vogue ??, did you see on some tv show that it's the new thing or fashionable ??. Chicken are great FARM animals but imo not meant for the house sorry, I know a few folks that do keep them inside and they seem off their rocker too, no offense it just doesn't make sense for the chicken idunno  I don't know I am just of the mind that barnyard animals need to be left outdoors where they would be the healthiest and happiest, Ok off my old

Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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post #7 of 52
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Originally Posted by jeb251 

I'm still having trouble potty training my son and he is 23


yuckyuck

Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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Standard White Cornish, Dark's & White laced Red Cornish Breeder..........If you don't have Cornish you don't have Chickens. Breeding the best, to the best.
As good as a few and better than most, What You'll Tolerate in your flock is what you'll get.
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post #8 of 52
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Originally Posted by al6517 

This thread amazes me barnie Why in the world would you want a chicken in the house as a pet !!!. Is it in Vogue ??, did you see on some tv show that it's the new thing or fashionable ??. Chicken are great FARM animals but imo not meant for the house sorry, I know a few folks that do keep them inside and they seem off their rocker too, no offense it just doesn't make sense for the chicken idunno  I don't know I am just of the mind that barnyard animals need to be left outdoors where they would be the healthiest and happiest, Ok off my old


Lots  of folks  lost  all common sense   in this world.    Can you imagine  how  much  human energy and effort is waisted  to  potty  train a chicken  in 2 years?

One can obtain a college degree  with  perhaps less time and effort.

I keep  poultry for  meat and eggs,  get enjoyment  along the way  also.

I  keep a dog a cat a canary  and   cockatiel   as  my pets.


Is this normal?      LOL

Good  Lord  made birds  of meat   for us  to eat.
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post #9 of 52
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Originally Posted by jeb251 

I'm still having trouble potty training my son and he is 23


yuckyuck

Mini Farm: 2 Jack Russell Terrors, 1 Long Haired Chihuahua/Pitbull, 1 Boxador, an adopted pregnant cat, and an African clawed frog. Chicken breeds: Houdan, Silkie, Serama, Cochin, Wyandotte, Barred Rock, Ameracauna, Frizzle, Polish, Faverolle, 20 assorted bantam chicks. My baby potbellied pig just came back home!

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Mini Farm: 2 Jack Russell Terrors, 1 Long Haired Chihuahua/Pitbull, 1 Boxador, an adopted pregnant cat, and an African clawed frog. Chicken breeds: Houdan, Silkie, Serama, Cochin, Wyandotte, Barred Rock, Ameracauna, Frizzle, Polish, Faverolle, 20 assorted bantam chicks. My baby potbellied pig just came back home!

           [-~-] Looking for SULTANS [-~-]
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post #10 of 52
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Originally Posted by al6517 

This thread amazes me barnie Why in the world would you want a chicken in the house as a pet !!!. Is it in Vogue ??, did you see on some tv show that it's the new thing or fashionable ??. Chicken are great FARM animals but imo not meant for the house sorry, I know a few folks that do keep them inside and they seem off their rocker too, no offense it just doesn't make sense for the chicken idunno  I don't know I am just of the mind that barnyard animals need to be left outdoors where they would be the healthiest and happiest, Ok off my old


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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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